As Ang Lee would be the first to admit, Crouching Tiger stood on the shoulders of decades of martial arts masterworks. This week’s question: Let’s see how many real martial arts film fans are out there.
What’s your favorite martial arts film, pre- or post- Crouching Tiger? Audiences may recognize him more from the Rush Hour films, but Jackie Chan’s Police Story trilogy has truly great, dazzling choreographed fights. There’s also The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, King Hu’s Come Drink with Me, and even John Carpenter’s hilarious Big Trouble in Little China with Kurt Russell. As for our host Richard Peña, “I’ve been a passionate admirer of the late Hong Kong director King Hu for decades, and it’s hard to imagine a more worthy candidate than his 1969 A Touch of Zen. But if you haven’t seen the remarkable 2011 Indonesian film The Raid, directed by Welshman Gareth Evans, be prepared. A bit bloody, but rather amazing.”